Sunday, July 18, 2010

Heather in the Scottish Borders 18th July 2010

Heather in the Scottish Borders, 18th July 2010.

It was nice to see the young heather plants growing through the burnt remains of the old heather on our walk today in the Scottish Borders. Many other wild flowers were on show along with one of my favourite plants the cloudberry. The berries weren't quite ready yet, but we did enjoy some wild cherries at the end of our walk!

We climbed four of the Manor Hills, Middle Hill, Dollar Law, Pykestone Hill and Drumelzier Law for a round of approximately 16km in four and a half hours. The day started brightly in glorious sunshine, but unfortunately this didn't last and the views deteriorated in the mist. Part of the walk included the Thieves Road, which I believe got it's name from the number of robbers who stole the cattle from Drovers many years ago. It certainly helped us make better progress than walking through the heather!

View to Dollar Law.

Cloudberries on Dollar Law.

Signpost on the Thieves Road, Scottish Borders.

The Thieves Road to Pykestone Hill.

View from Drumelzier Hill.

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